Teaching farmers to be businessmen

out bethelBoosting sales at farmers’ markets, marketing to restaurants, finding farmland and tapping agritourism are just a few of the topics to be covered during the Business of Farming Conference set for 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa.


Sponsored by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, the conference is for beginning and veteran farmers and will focus on the business side of farming, from recordkeeping to money management. Farmers will get to meet one-on-one with potential restaurant and retail buyers, and professional consultants. This year that includes an advanced track of workshops for seasoned farmers.


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